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The Taj Mahal Tour, Agra

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Location : Agra in Uttar Pradesh.
Highlights : UNESCO World Heritage Site & one of Seven Wonders in World Built By: Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan.
Dedicated to : Eternal Love between Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Mahal.
Best Time to Visit : October to February.
Note : Taj Mahal is closed on Friday

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Taj Tigers Tradition & Tranquility

The Taj Mahal is a white domed marble mausoleum situated on the river bank of Yamuna in Uttar Pradesh, Agra, India. It was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife, Mumtaz. It is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. It means in Persian/Urdu as "crown of Palaces". It's among the Seven Wonders of the World. It is one of the finest Mughal architecture that combines elements from Ottoman Turkish Islamic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish and Indian architectural style. I took 12 years to complete. The materials used were brought from all over India and Asia. Over 1000 elephants held on the transportation of all these building materials. The White marbles were brought from Makrana, Rajasthan. The jaspers were from Punjab, jade and crystal from China. The Lapis lazuli from Afganisthan and the Turquoise was from Tibet, while the carnelian from Arabia and Sapphire from SriLanka. Twenty Eight types of precious and semi-precious stones were inlaid in white marble. There were 20,000 labor recruited across northern India and were supervised by a board of architects including Ustad Abd ul-Karim Ma'mur Khan, Ahmad Lahauri and Makramat Khan. Lahauri was the principal designer. Shah Jahan was arrested and put in a house at nearby AgraFort, soon after the completion of Taj Mahal by his son Aurangzeb. After his death he was buried in the mausoleum next to his wife. It not only famous for its architectural design but is a symbol of magnificence and love. The Taj Mahal was defaced by British soldiers and who chiselled out precious stones and lapis lazuli from its walls. The Taj Mahal consists of five major things to see: Masjid (The mosque), Darwaza (The main gateway), Rauza (The main mausoleum), Bageecha (The gardens) and Naqqar Khana (The rest house).

How to Reach Taj Mahal:
By Air:
Agra's Airport is located 8 km away from the heart of the enchanting city . By air Agra is connected to Varanasi, Delhi and Khajuraho which minimizes the distance and saves time.

By Rail:
Agra Cantt, Raja-ki-Mandi, Agra Fort, and Idgah Agra Junction are four railway stations in Agra. It is well connected by train services from the important cities in India.

By Road:
Agra is connected by road to Delhi, Lucknow and Kanpur. There are many comfortable chartered tourist deluxe bus services from Delhi to Agra. Lucknow and Kanpur are connected to Agra by Road transport corporation buses.

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